In Praise of the Brothers Cuomo: America’s Dad and Daddy

While Andrew Cuomo is killing it as our nation's governor, Chris Cuomo has become its hottest new thirst trap.

With the dearth of effective leadership coming from our commander in chief, Americans have turned to New York Gov. (and uncle who quietly slips you a crisp $100 bill for Christmas) Andrew Cuomo.

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While the president is out here arguing with Democratic governors about not being appreciative of the shitty job he’s been doing and tweeting about the TV ratings for his press conferences, Cuomo is drawing praise for his handling of the coronavirus outbreak, of which New York is the epicenter.

As Variety business editor Cynthia Littleton writes:

The Andrew Cuomo Show, as it were, is a strangely compelling mix that is part West Wing revival, part therapy session and most important, a credible source of important information about the contagion that has abruptly upended every aspect of life in the U.S. and around the world.

A Siena College poll found that 87% of New Yorkers approve of Cuomo’s job so far, compared to the 41% who approve of Trump. Cuomo is being hailed as “America’s governor,” and his popularity has ignited calls for him to run for presidenteven Trump himself has urged him to consider.

As Andrew Cuomo delivers one service to the country—competent leadership—his younger brother Chris delivers another, perhaps equally important one: quenching the national thirst. When he’s not hosting his own show, Cuomo Primetime, the CNN anchor and USDA-certified grade A bae has been posting workouts on his Instagram.

If you have some free time today—who are we kidding, you do—just Google “Chris Cuomo shirtless.” You’ll be glad you did. And if you need further motivation, let’s not forget this classic pic of the Brothers Cuomo taken with their father, the late Gov. Mario Cuomo.

Two words: Hubba, hubba. And if you really want to flood your basement, check out this dazzling clip of the bros bantering on Cuomo Primetime.

“The only thing that happened here is, the lens changed,” Gov. Cuomo said of his recent surge in popularity. “I’m doing what I do, and I’ve been doing it the same way. And I look the same as I’ve always looked. Which is better than the way you look, but that’s irrelevant.”

“You know what people are saying about the way you look really can’t be accurate,” the younger Cuomo responds. “So it must be hard for you to make sense of what is real and what is true now. I feel for you.”

Now that’s what I call a Cuomo flex.

And so is that.

Lester Fabian Brathwaite is an LA-based writer, editor, bon vivant, and all-around sassbag. He's formerly Senior Editor of Out Magazine and is currently hungry. Insta: @lefabrat